To concede that pro-lifers might be somewhat right to be troubled by abortion, to shudder along with us just a little bit at the crushing of the unborn human body, and then turn around and still demand the funding of an institution that actually does the quease-inducing killing on the grounds that what’s being funded will help stop that organization from having to crush quite so often, kill quite so prolifically – no, spare me. Spare me. Tell the allegedly “pro-life” institution you support to set down the forceps, put away the vacuum, and then we’ll talk about what kind of family planning programs deserve funding. But don’t bring your worldview’s bloody hands to me and demand my dollars to pay for soap enough to maybe wash a few flecks off. –Ross Douthat
Ross Douthat is one of the few conservatives who writes at the New York Times and to be honest, I disagree with him quite often. He is what I generally consider a moderate conservative who is too quick to give ground on important issues.
Ross Douthat has written a brilliant and heartfelt piece at the New York Times uncovering the lie that liberals try to tell about Planned Parenthood being an essentially “pro-life” organization. It’s just not true. Whatever “good” PP might do for women, that good is essentially destroyed by the work they do as abortionists. You see, around the country, many Americans believe that abortion is a necessary evil – not because it is, but because they’ve bought the lies being preached by the liberal death cult.
Planned Parenthood’s supporters are almost incessantly arguing that the work they do is necessary because it’s all about women’s health, but this is a farce, a red herring and outright lie meant to distract the vast majority of Americans. Liberals get worried about funding for Planned Parenthood, not because of women’s health concerns or family planning issues, but because they wholeheartedly support pro-abortion polices and because they believe abortion to be a basic good!
Douthat strikes at the heart of the Planned Parenthood funding fight:
So let’s be clear about what’s really going on here. It is not the pro-life movement that’s forced Planned Parenthood to unite actual family planning and mass feticide under one institutional umbrella. It is not the Catholic Church or the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles or the Southern Baptist Convention or the Republican Party that have bundled pap smears and pregnancy tests and HPV vaccines with the kind of grisly business being conducted on those videos. This is Planned Parenthood’s choice; it is liberalism’s choice; it is the respectable center-left of Dana Milbank and Ruth Marcus and Will Saletan that’s telling pro-life and pro-choice Americans alike that contraceptive access and fetal dismemberment are just a package deal, that if you want to fund an institution that makes contraception widely available then you just have to live with those“it’s another boy!” fetal corpses in said institution’s freezer, that’s just the price of women’s health care and contraceptive access, and who are you to complain about paying it, since after all the abortion arm of Planned Parenthood is actually pretty profitable and doesn’t need your tax dollars?
This is a frankly terrible argument, rooted in a form of self-deception that would be recognized as such in any other context.
Amen and amen.
We are not the people who bundled women’s health services with abortion. Liberals are. The Republicans in Washington are willing to continue funding all women’s health services at the same level tomorrow as they are today – they just want to eliminate abortion providers from that funding pot. It’s liberals standing in the way. Liberals who are forcing the poison pill of all or nothing upon us.
It won’t be so easy this time around because we pro-life conservatives are waking up. We are waking up to the vicious fight that we’ve unwittingly entered into.
There is no “pro-life” argument for Planned Parenthood. There is only death there. And finally, we are ready to fight back.